North Korean floods: 121 dead, 127 missing

The acting head of theInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' office in Pyongyang also told The Associated Press that the North Korean government had no plans to launch an international appeal for help after the disaster caused by heavy rains earlier this month.

The casualty figures were only for counties where the International Red Cross is working along with its national counterpart and didn't cover all affected areas, Bales said, meaning the death toll was expected to rise.

North Korea's official media said last week that the disaster had left "hundreds" of people dead or missing, without giving exact casualty figures, according to the AP.

The high water left at least 12,585 families homeless, and the Red Cross is assisting 4,950 of those most in need by providing blankets, water containers, kitchen supplies and plastic sheeting, Bales said.

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